On-Site Counseling at the Law School Satellite Office

The Counseling Center has a satellite office located at MPAA 226A where Dr. Diana Chan will provide short-term therapy to help you address your concerns. Common concerns include relationship issues, academic concerns, trouble adjusting to law school, anxiety, depression, etc. 

Dr. Chan is available to see students on Mondays and Tuesdays during the Spring Semester between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. You can schedule an appointment with Dr. Chan by calling (949)-824-6457. Please specify that you would like to be seen at the Law School Satellite Office.

The Law School Satellite office is placed at a relatively inconspicuous location near the Academic Skills offices. However, it is possible that other Law School students or staff could be passing through and recognize that you are seeking counseling services. If this is a concern, you may choose to be seen at the Main Counseling Center instead.

Potential for Conflict of Interest

Dr. Chan’s partner is an attorney employed at a local law firm, which at times has employed summer associates and recent graduates from UCI Law School. Dr. Chan occasionally attends firm functions, and therefore you may interact with her outside of the UCI Law School setting on certain occasions. In those situations, your counseling work with Dr. Chan will fall under the confidentiality standards regulated by FERPA, California Law, and American Psychological Association Ethics. If this is a concern, you have the option to discuss this with Dr. Chan or to be seen at the Main Counseling Center by another therapist.

Counseling at the Main Counseling Center

The main Counseling Center located at Student Services I offers more comprehensive services, including short-term therapy, group and couples therapy, urgent care, and short-term psychiatric services. You can schedule an appointment at the Counseling Center by contacting (949) 824-6457 or walking into our main Counseling Center Office.

Urgent Care and After Hours Treatment

If you are in crisis or dealing with an urgent issue, you can walk in the main Counseling Center to see the urgent care therapist between the hours of 8:00-4:30, Monday-Friday. Urgent Care services do not require an appointment, but there may be a wait to be seen. For after-hours emergencies, you can contact the Counseling Center main number at (949) 824-6457 and follow the prompts to be connected to a therapist over the phone for immediate support. 

What to Expect With Counseling:

When starting counseling, you will first be scheduled for an Initial Assessment appointment. You will be required to complete paperwork, which will take about 30 minutes. Then, you will meet with the counselor for about 45-50 minutes.  The focus of the Initial Assessment is to gather information and to come up with a treatment plan that would best address your concerns.

The treatment plan could include one or more of the following options:

  1. Referral to UCI Counseling Center’s Online Self –Help program.
  2. Short term therapy with a Counseling Center therapist or an off-campus provider. Short term therapy usually lasts up to a couple of months with an average frequency of every other week sessions. 
  3. Referral to an off-campus community therapist who provides more open ended therapy or a treatment more specialized to your concerns.

Diana Chan, M.S.W., Psy.D.

Dr. Chan received her bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles, and went on to receive a master’s degree in clinical social work at Columbia University. She completed her doctorate in psychology at California School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles, at Alliant International University. 

Dr. Chan comes with over 15 years of clinical experience, and has been a Senior Staff Psychologist at UCI Counseling Center since 2009. Prior to joining the staff at UCI, she was a staff psychologist at UC Riverside Counseling and Psychological Services, and she completed her post-doctoral training at Monsour Counseling and Psychological Services at the Claremont Colleges.

Dr. Chan has a special interest in working with law students and attorneys. Other clinical interests include learning disability assessment, multiculturalism, trauma, depression, relationship and couples issues, self-esteem, identity, family conflict.  She is fluent in Mandarin, Chinese, and also provides counseling in Mandarin.